This year, our ever-wonderful perennial chicken provider, the mother of October, a 1st grader, and Olympio, a 5th grader, will bring 5 species of eggs for us to watch hatch and grow in awe. The variety of eggs includes:
- The Light Brahma
- The Partridge Silkie
- The Lemon Blue Cochin
- The Chiquita
- The Blue Cochin Bantam
The diversity of this group of eggs will be central to not only learning about the circle of life of a chicken, but also learning about diversity among them.
A chicken is a type of domesticated fowl. It is one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a population of more than 19 billion as of 2011. Chickens are social birds and live together in flocks. Individual chickens in a flock will dominate others, establishing a "pecking order," with dominant individuals having priority for food access and nesting locations. Chicken eggs vary in color depending on the hen. They can range from bright white to shades of brown and even blue, green, and, as recently reported in South Asia, the color purple.
Fertile chicken eggs hatch at the end of the incubation period, typically about 21 days. Development of the chick starts only when incubation begins, so all chicks hatch within a day or two of each other, despite perhaps being laid over a period of two weeks or so. Before hatching, you can hear the chicks peeping inside the eggs.
Stay tuned for more egg-citing news to come...